"I would have remained a cowherd if I wasn't encouraged by my teacher to join school. I give full credit to him. Otherwise I wouldn't have been Chief Minister," he told a gathering in this town in Mysore district.
Siddaramaiah said he had never been to school between the first and fourth standards, but grazed cattle in his native village of Siddaramanahundi.
He especially urged government teachers to dedicate themselves to society, as their profession was of paramount importance to build a healthy nation.
"We see ethical values hitting a low now and this can be corrected only by a teacher. We all should be inspired by noble soul like Dr S Radhakrishnan, who gave India a new direction to build a good society," he said.
Govt cannot on its own fulfill demands of teachers: CM
Chief Minister N.Rangasamy has said the government could not on its own fulfill all demands of teachers as certain issues needed clearance from the centre, a cause of delay in fulfilling some of their demands.
Speaking while felicitating teachers on the occasion of Teacher's day, he urged them to bring to his or his minister ministerial colleagues notice their charter of demands Stating that his government is committed to uplifting the lot of the teachers, he claimed Puducherry was emerging as an education hub with quality of education being on the rise here.
He said the government had initiated steps to distribute assistance to students under Kamaraj Birth centenary Education Subsidy scheme to enable them pursue professional courses. Education Minister T. Thiagarajan presided.
Rangasamy also presented cash awards and citations to teachers selected for the best teacher awards.